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Once a month we post a new list of things to do in the Halifax region. Read on for trip-planning inspiration!

Over the past few years, Downtown Dartmouth has grown into a vibrant community and a must-visit destination packed with top-notch cafes, gourmet restaurants, chic shops, fabulous lunch spots, unique galleries, and an overall plethora of amazing things to do.

Downtown Dartmouth’s range of locally-owned businesses demonstrates exactly why the area—just a short $2.50 ferry ride from Downtown Halifax—has become a favourite place and go-to location for visitors and locals alike in the Halifax region.

There’s so much more to Dartmouth than just its view of Downtown Halifax and these 5 awesome local businesses prove it!

1. New Scotland Yard
Record Store, Barber Shop + Recording Studio | 45 Portland Street

Owned and operated by Canadian rock musician Joel Plaskett, New Scotland Yard is not only the local artists recording studio, but also an epic record store (Taz Records) and hip barber shop (Elk’s Haircutting).

2. Portland Street Creperie
Restaurant | 55 Portland Street

The new kids on the block, Portland Street Creperie provides a Nova Scotian twist on European favourites with their sweet and savoury crepes.

3. Hazelnut & Rose
Maternity Boutique | 46 Queen Street

Hazelnut & Rose is the perfect shop for the mother-to-be, carrying stylish and chic maternity and nursing clothes.

4. Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery + North Brewing Company
Beer Bar & Restaurant + Growler Filling Station | 62 Ochterloney Street

15 taps of craft beer goodness and seasonal menu by chef, Mark Gray, Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery is a Dartmouth destination you won’t want to miss. Also, be sure to grab a growler on your way out from North Brewing Company’s—a Halifax-based microbrewery—growler filling station located in the front portion of Battery Park.

5. Anchored Coffee
Coffee Roaster | 70 Ochterloney Street

Anchored Coffee is a Canadian coffee roaster located next to Two If By Sea, and they are a match made in coffee heaven. After you’ve grabbed a coffee from TIBS, as it’s known by locals, poke your head into Anchored Coffee to discover how your beans were roasted.

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Blog written by Claire Parsons - See the full blog here